On this day: February 14

POSTED: 08:55 PM PST Feb 13, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 13, 2016 

Saint Valentine dies a martyr, President Polk has his picture snapped, Al Capone sends his foes a violent Valentine's Day message, and Jackie Kennedy invites TV viewers inside the White House, all on this day.

OTD February 14 - Mordecai Brown
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1948: Mordecai Brown, whose pitching helped the Chicago Cubs to World Series titles in 1907 and 1908, dies of diabetic complications at age 71 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He also helped the Cubs to National League pennants in 1906 and 1910, won 20 or more games each season between 1906 and 1911, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame a year after his death. Brown finished his major-league career with a 239-130 record, 1,375 strikeouts, and a 2.06 ERA, the third best ERA in MLB history amongst players inducted into the Hall of Fame, after Ed Walsh and Addie Joss. His career ERA is also the best in MLB history for any pitcher with more than 200 wins.


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